A New START
The name of the SBT's new program geared toward first generation college bound minority high schoolers says it all. START (Student Transition and Retention) launches selected students and their parents into the world of higher education through outreach activities geared toward helping them transition from high school to college.
"We're giving students a snapshot of the college experience," says program director Caprice Moore "by giving them the resources they will need to make a smooth transition into higher education."
Through weekly evening classes attended by the students and their parents, Webster faculty, staff and guest lecturers provide guidance on topics that are relevant to the would-be college freshman. Subjects range from financial aid and standardized test preparation to career choices and application processes. The program is subsidized through a grant from the Mildred, Herbert and Julian Simon Foundation so there is no cost to the students. Those successfully completing the coursework with 100% attendance are also eligible to receive one college credit hour.
Meet the START class of 2010.
How much difference can a day make? This week SBT faculty, staff and students found out by taking their work outside the classroom as part of Webster Works Worldwide 15. Workers teamed up with dozens of non-profit agencies for jobs like chauffeuring the elderly and cleaning housing for shelter animals, removing overgrown brush from parks and knitting scarves for the homeless during the University's annual community service day.
"Each October we are able to give our time and energy to help others off campus," said Samantha Davis, who escorted a group of senior citizens to The Gateway Arch. "When you see the happiness it brings those in need it's easy to realize that even one day can make a huge difference."
The SBT volunteers were part of more than 1,300 worldwide working to help others. Find out more about Webster Works Worldwide.